Midwinter Meeting

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Hackforge’s Mita Williams on new spaces at Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes, and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. A lengthy continuum of organizations now seems to share many similarities with today’s libraries. In her ALA Masters Session, “Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do libraries fit in?” at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting, Mita Williams will offer a field guide to these new spaces and point out the differences that make a difference.

ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO  — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Chicago at 8 a.m. CT on Feb. 2, 2015, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

Thousands of webcast viewers will log on and join more than 1,200 onsite audience members for the announcement of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards. The announcements are part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits  taking place from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier wrap up Midwinter Meeting with Music and Discussion

CHICAGO -- Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance, 2 - 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

Marisa de los Santos among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Marisa de los Santos, Steve Berry, Elizabeth Berg, Thomas Perry and Marja Mills will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Central time on Monday, Feb. 2 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2014 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

ALCTS Midwinter Forum Talks Library Publishing

CHICAGO Library publishing is the featured presentation at the Midwinter Forum of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.    

The ALCTS Forum focuses on “Libraries as Publishers: Next Steps in Self-Publishing?”  The Forum takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2.   Location will be available at a later date.  Look to the “News You Can Use” schedule for this and other important sessions.

LeVar Burton, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Passionate and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, actor, producer, director and educator LeVar Burton will offer an unmissable treat for Midwinter Meeting attendees when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10-11 a.m.on Sunday, Feb. 1. For three decades, Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers.

Ben Bizzle on Award-Winning Marketing, Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Ben Bizzle will encourage attendees to “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library” in an ALA Masters Series session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. Compelled to change the perception of the library as an antiquated institution, Bizzle and the team at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas developed an aggressive technology and marketing strategy in order to better serve their community and increase public awareness of the library.

LLAMA Midwinter Career Institute explores project management

CHICAGO Congratulations, your boss has just handed you a new project. So what do you do now?  LLAMA’s latest Career Institute, Project Management for Librarians: Planning for Success, will help you answer that question. The full-day institute will be held Friday, Jan. 30, during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host etiquette luncheon during Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an etiquette luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

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